Light Nutella Banana Bread

After having Mother here for a week tending to all of our meals, I had to reorient myself with the kitchen to turn out breakfast this morning.  I fell immediately in lust with Cooking Light’s Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread when flipping through the October issue and shockingly had every ingredient on hand!
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Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread (slightly edited from the original to exclude the nuts)

  • 5 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup whole buttermilk
  • Baking spray with flour (such as Baker’s Joy)
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Combine chocolate-hazelnut spread and 1 teaspoon oil in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds or until melted. Stir. Combine 3 tablespoons oil, butter, brown sugar, and banana in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beating at low speed, add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until combined. Scrape half of batter into a 9 x 5-inch metal loaf pan coated with baking spray, and top with chocolate-hazelnut spread mixture. Spread remaining batter over chocolate mixture. Using a wooden pick, swirl batter.
4. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread; cool on wire rack.
5. Place bittersweet chocolate in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at high for 30 seconds. Drizzle bread with chocolate; let stand until set.
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Y’all this stuff is sinful. SINFUL, I tell you!  And the fact that it came out of a “light” magazine and has fruit in it pretty much makes it healthy, right?  :-)  I could seriously lounge out here on the porch all fat and happy for the rest of the day, alas we have a Tech game, a baseball game, and a concert to attend.  Fall is flat out our craziest time of the year.

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